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19 Jan 2015 description

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Monday 19/1/2015 - 16:13 GMT

Prosecutors on Monday charged Bahrain's Shiite opposition chief with attempting to overthrow the regime and sent him to trial despite international calls for his release.

Sheikh Ali Salman will stand trial from January 28 on charges of "promoting the overthrow and change of the political regime by force," prosecutor general Nayef Mahmud said in a statement.

18 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Allegations Contradict Opposition to Violence in Speeches

01 Jan 2015 description

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Thursday 1/1/2015 - 19:17 GMT

Anti-riot police and protesters demanding the release of Bahrain's main Shiite opposition leader clashed Thursday for the fifth day in a row, witnesses said.

Predominantly Shiite Iran, across the Gulf from Washington's ally where the US Fifth Fleet is based, has joined calls for the immediate release of the kingdom's main opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.

29 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA (29 December 2014) – A group of United Nations independent human rights experts* has urged the government of Bahrain to drop charges against three women human rights activists exercising their rights to free expression and free association. “Deprivation of liberty on the sole ground of having exercised the right to free expression may be considered arbitrary,” the experts warned.

20 Dec 2014 description

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Saturday 12/20/2014 - 05:53 GMT

A bomb blast in a Shiite village in Bahrain, the scene of simmering unrest since anti-government protests were crushed in 2011, has left three policemen slightly wounded, officials said.

The three were on patrol in the village of Bani Jamra when the blast occurred, the Gulf kingdom's interior ministry said in a statement on Twitter posted late Friday.

09 Dec 2014 description

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Tuesday 12/9/2014 - 13:40 GMT

Two people, including a Jordanian policeman, were killed in bomb blasts in Shiite villages of Bahrain, the scene of simmering unrest since anti-government protests were crushed in 2011, officials said Tuesday.

An explosion in Karzakan on Tuesday killed a Bahraini and slightly wounded an Asian national, the interior ministry said, describing it as a "terrorist" attack.

Witnesses said the bomb was planted on a corner of the road under a tree.

04 Dec 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA 1st Meeting (AM)

Twenty six donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2015 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials estimated that the chronically underfunded Agency would begin the year facing a $35 million deficit.

03 Dec 2014 description

General Situation during November 2014 Forecast until January 2015

01 Dec 2014 description

| Overview |

Working environment

The massive displacement of people from and inside the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) as a consequence of the unrelenting conflict in that country has dominated concerns regionally and internationally, threatening the social, political and economic balance of the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. Despite the lack of prospects for a short-term resolution of the situation, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon have demonstrated great generosity in welcoming the Syrian refugees and assisting them.

22 Nov 2014 description

Manama, Bahrain | AFP | Friday 11/21/2014 - 11:15 GMT

by Taieb Mahjoub

Bahrain went to the polls Saturday for its first legislative elections since a failed pro-democracy uprising in 2011, with the opposition boycotting the vote in the tiny Gulf monarchy.

The key US ally remains divided nearly four years after security forces in the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom crushed Arab Spring-inspired protests led by majority Shiites.

04 Nov 2014 description

Alger (CICR) – Aujourd’hui s’ouvre à Alger une importante réunion d’experts du droit international humanitaire (DIH) des États arabes, sous le haut patronage du ministre de la Justice et garde des sceaux algérien, et de la vice-présidente du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), Christine Beerli. Cette rencontre rassemblera des experts gouvernementaux de l’Algérie, de la Jordanie, des Émirats arabes unis, de Bahreïn, de la Tunisie, du Maroc et d’autres pays arabes, ainsi que des représentants de la Ligue arabe et des experts du CICR.

04 Nov 2014 description

Algiers (ICRC) – An important meeting of experts from Arab States on international humanitarian law is starting in Algiers today under the joint patronage of Algeria's justice minister and keeper of the seals and of Christine Beerli, vice-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The meeting brings together government experts from Algeria, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Tunisia, Morocco and other Arab countries along with representatives of the Arab League and experts from the ICRC.

02 Nov 2014 description

After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.

05 Oct 2014 description
report UN News Service

3 October 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Office voiced alarm today at the detention of a prominent human rights defender by Bahraini authorities in the Gulf country’s second such incident in less than a month, and urged the Government of Bahrain to ensure the protection of all human rights activists within its borders.

02 Oct 2014 description

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

06 Sep 2014 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Date: 5 September 2014
Location: Geneva
Subject: 1) Bahrain & 2) Iraq

1) Bahrain

Ongoing violations of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and the targeting of human rights activists in Bahrain remain of serious concern.

05 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

04 Sep 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

DEV/3111

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)

APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.

01 Sep 2014 description
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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).